It is crazy that I have had my dreadlocks for three entire years. I honestly haven’t had any real moments of desperation when I wanted to chop them off, and I also don’t have any regret about my decision to have this hairstyle. You can read about my thoughts last year here, where I discussed my first couple of years with my locks. They have come sooo far!
I most often get asked : How do you wash them? I think that is a funny question. There is no secret way to wash my hair. I use soap and water. When I say that people think I must be not saying the whole truth. But honestly, I don’t get a ton of comments about my hair from strangers. In fact, when I do it always surprises me or catches me off guard.
This past summer I went to Jamaica. Now, when I went to that country I got SO MANY COMMENTS about my hair. It seemed as though every Jamaican I came across called me ‘the white rasta girl’. I was relieved that they embraced and enjoyed my hair. I wasn’t sure if it would be offensive. One thing I really wanted to do while there was have a Jamaican work on my hair. I met a woman on the beach and I paid her to clean my hair up a bit.
She did clean my hair up, but she also cut off any extra lose strands. She insisted it would never dread. I am sure she is right, but I would have liked to have it left a little more ‘natural’. After she did my hair, it was also so.very.tight. I got a horrible headache. I am glad for the experience, but I do think I learned a lot about what I want and don’t want from my hair. I don’t want it to look ‘perfect’. I am okay with lose hair, and I hate headaches on vacations:)
It is finally getting LONG! I am so excited about this. When I finally could put it in a ‘proper’ bun I was so excited Instagrammed the moment:)
I also wanted to share one last photograph. Last month I went to Orlando for a retreat for moms parenting trauma. In my villa of nine women, FIVE of us had dreadlocks! Crazy right?! We are all very kindred spirits, indeed.
So there you go. Three years later, as a dread head mama:)